PHOENIX – Ahead of Mike Pence’s visit to Phoenix today, Arizona veterans held a press call to speak out against Donald Trump’s failure to stand up for the military and his long record of disparaging comments against America’s veterans, service members, and fallen soldiers. During the call, Fmr. Maricopa County Attorney and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Rick Romley and U.S. Army Veteran and Goodyear resident Signa Oliver shined a light on how the Trump administration has failed veterans, service members, and military families.
Fmr. Maricopa County Attorney and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Rick Romley: “I am a lifetime Republican. And let me make it very clear: I am not supporting Donald Trump. He is not fit to be Commander-in-Chief […] Trump indicated that those who died in the service of their nation, been wounded, or veterans are ‘losers’ or ‘suckers.’ […] For the president to sit here and say [they] are losers for serving this nation, as so many hundreds of thousands have done in years past? That is not a Commander-in-Chief. […] That’s absolutely outrageous. I ask our veterans and military today: How can anyone think that a person is a legitimate Commander-in-Chief that disparages Gold Star families? […] To disrespect Senator McCain, to say that he is no hero, he’s a loser […] That’s not a Commander-in-Chief. I ask every veteran and everybody serving in the military today to ask themselves: Is that the person you want in the foxhole next to you? To have your back? Absolutely not. […] I will never – I don’t care if it’s a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent — I will never support an individual who doesn’t have the empathy, the understanding, towards those who serve and give their lives for this country. They deserve better than that.”